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Macau Local Culture

Macau Local Culture

Macau’s unique historical background feeds the coexistence of Chinese and western cultures where it serves as a bridge facilitating the cultural exchanges between the East and the West. The Historic Centre of Macau crystallizes the combination of Chinese and western cultures, which is embodied in the local life-styles. Whenever a traditional festival befalls, being a Chinese or western one, festivities will be held accordingly.

Chinese residents in Macau remain in observance of traditional Chinese festivals such as Spring Festival, Pure Brightness Festival, Dragon Boat Festival, Double Ninth Festival and Mid-Autumn Festival, among others. The Spring Festival to the local Chinese residents, so you may see a stream of devout worshippers swarming into the Temple of Mazu to show their gratitude for the bliss that Mazu has bestowed on them or to pray for good luck in the coming year from the New Year’s Eve to the end of the next day. During the Dragon Boat Festival, the dragon boat race is held annually in the new port, Shui Tangjiao and West Bay.

Also, festivities are held to celebrate festivals with a religious affiliation such as “the grand parade of Jesus’ statue,” “the grand parade of Maria’s statue,” the birthday of Mazu, and a grand gathering for dragon and lion dances. The local residents sometimes visit the Cantonese opera performed in a temporary theatrical stage in open air, or join the religious parade and mass with the church. All these various festivities highlight Macau’s role as a bridge connecting the East and the West.